5 bedroom country house for sale

Jays Cross, Launceston

Guide Price £1,100,000

Property Description

Key features

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  • Stone farmhouse with wonderful farmhouse kitchen
  • Two reception rooms and five bedrooms
  • Majestic range of stone barns
  • Extensive sheltered gardens, apple and pear orchards and bluebell wood
  • Pasture land, millpond and river frontage
  • In all about 18 acres

Full description

In a stunning and private setting, an elegant house with stone barns, woodlands, pasture and river frontage. Stone farmhouse with wonderful farmhouse kitchen, two reception rooms, dairy and five bedrooms. Majestic range of stone barns. In all about 18 acres.

SITUATION
Jay's is a truly delightful property that occupies a stunning and private position amongst gently undulating Devonshire countryside. This beautiful area, close to the confluence of four rivers including the Tamar boundary with Cornwall, is much unspoilt, and the property's peaceful setting (with brilliant night skies) belies the fact that the busy town of Launceston lies only 3 miles away and offers an excellent range of facilities and the A30 fast link to Exeter and the M5. The town of Tavistock offers a good range of specialist shops and, like Launceston, has nationally recognised public schools. The city port of Plymouth and cathedral city of Exeter are within easy striking distance.

The delights of the Dartmoor National Park and Bodmin Moor offer unlimited walking and open riding whilst the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall are within easy commuting distance, boasting excellent water sports, hidden fishing ports and memorable sandy beaches.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
In this lovely setting, Jay's offers an all too rare opportunity to acquire a delightful property that is completely private yet convenient for the main road arteries that afford easy access to a number of towns and cities. The farmstead is most attractively surrounded by grounds that include a wonderful mixture of pasture, orchards, light woodland as well as formal gardens, lake and around 300 metres of river frontage.

The farmhouse was built during the early part of Queen Victoria's reign, under the Georgian influence, and is a most handsome house. Set a little away are some magnificent traditional stone barns. They have been well maintained and underline the affluence and status of Jay's, once considered to be one of the finest farms in the area. The property's privacy is enhanced by a good length entrance drive that is partly shared with the owner of neighbouring fields and becomes completely private, passing over a picturesque railway bridge that is owned by Jay's (the railway is long gone), sweeping down past orchards and pasture land towards the house and courtyard of barns.  Originally a farm of several hundred acres, the builders of Jay's had a free hand in selecting where the farmstead should be built.  Like so many of our predecessors, they chose extremely well, a fact that will stand the owners of Jay's in good stead for the future.

THE FARMHOUSE
This splendid house bears the date stone 1851 and, is quite rightly, listed as grade II being of both architectural and historical interest.  Care was taken in choosing the setting for the house, which is sheltered and yet slightly elevated from its immediate surroundings.  Whilst Victorian in time it is late Georgian in style and boasts a host of period features such as slate flagged floors, sash windows and six-panelled doors and cornice ceilings.  The principal rooms are of a very good size and height, in a good state of decorative repair and there is oil-fired central heating throughout.  Without doubt Jay's is a very fine family house.  

The slate flagged reception hall gives access to all of the reception rooms, farmhouse kitchen, dairy and stairs arising to the first floor.  The sitting room has a slate flagged floor, shuttered windows and open fireplace housing a wood burning stove.  The drawing room has a boarded floor, lovely open fireplace, shuttered window and full height cupboards.  At the heart of the house is a wonderful farmhouse kitchen with large open fireplace and four oven Aga, terracotta tiled floor, oak window seat and heavy oak work surface (some of the oak grown on Jay’s) with range of cupboards under, and shelving.  The dairy has a central slate table with brick pillars, slate windowsill, original timber shelving and ceiling meat hooks.  The utility/pump room just beyond the rear lobby contains a w.c, hand basin and Worcester oil fired boiler, shelving and slate bench. 

The turning staircase, with tall, twenty-one pane window, arrives at a large first floor landing giving access to five bedrooms some of which retain the Victorian bedroom fireplaces, shower room and separate family bathroom.  

OUTSIDE
The house is surrounded on all sides by very pretty gardens that are in part enclosed by a stone wall and elsewhere by a Devon hedge bank topped with plenty of standing timber.  The gardens are chiefly laid to lawn interspersed and divided by flowering shrub borders with parts given over to a planting of fruit trees including cherry, apple and pear.  The original entrance drive for the house (occasionally used) is framed by a pair of cut granite gateposts and a thoughtful planting of English Limes and Beech that create an avenue leading to the gardens to the front and side of the house.  Silver Willow, Hazel and Oak are much in evidence as are Rhododendron and Orange Blossom plus a super array of many varieties of Old English Rose.  The aspect of the garden invites sunshine all day and a pretty stream meanders down one side whilst at the rear of the house there is a small cobbled courtyard with stone walls that are partly granite capped with raised beds and plantings of fragrant roses and shrubs.  Within the courtyard there is a Log Store and Oil Tank Room constructed of traditional stone under a slate roof and measuring approximately 26' x 12'.

THE FARM BUILDINGS
The magnificent range of traditional stone and slated buildings are set away from the house and add a huge amount to the overall charm of the property.  They have been well maintained, some very recently re-roofed, and stand, like sentinels at either side of the entrance drive, framing the house on approach.  They presently provide stabling, storage and alike but would undoubtedly lend themselves to conversion, subject to the normal planning consents.  Briefly they comprise: - 

1. Stone and slated two storey Stable Barn 66'6" x 24' providing loose boxes with a loft over.

2. Stone and slated two storey Mill Barn and Cider Barn 126' x 31'6".  It still contains much of the original gearing from the mill house and cider press days.  In addition the building contains a former shippon with part cobbled floor and a large barn over.  Adjoining 23' x 10' former Waterwheel House.

3. Cob, block and GI clad Barn 30' x 16'.  Probably the oldest building on Jay's it has a manger and feed rack.

4. A little away from the traditional buildings is a Workshop measuring 50' x 30' and constructed of concrete block walls under a CA roof with concrete floor, large double doors and concrete apron in front.  Inside the building there is a sectioned off storage area with concrete block walls.

THE LAND
Below the garden is one of the three orchards on the property that include a variety of eating, cooking and cider apples as well as pear trees, most of which are very old with some more recent plantings believed to have taken place in the 1960's.  The main orchard is rated "excellent" by PTES.  In addition there are two very good pasture fields, managed as wild-flower hay meadows, one of which flanks the garden, the other running down to the mixed broadleaf wood containing Beech, Oak and Sycamore as well as many flowering plants, such as Bluebells, Narcissi, Wood Anemone and early English Daffodils.  The woodland fronts the river along its entire length and provides a beautiful haven for wildlife with Kingfishers and Deer regularly seen on the property.  To the rear of the gardens and barns is the route of the old railway line that used to run between Launceston and Halwill Junction and has now become a conservation area flanked by the original millpond with duck island that attracts a wide variety of aquatic and other wildlife.
DIRECTIONS
Leave the A30 dual carriageway where sign-posted for Launceston and at the roundabout take the fourth turning left onto the A388 sign-posted Holsworthy.  After 2 miles cross the River Tamar and continue up the hill for ½ a mile (passing the first right hand turn) to the second right hand turn sign-posted Lifton (Jay’s Cross). The stone entrance drive lies immediately adjacent to this turning.  Follow the drive for ½ a mile forking left and crossing the bridge to the property. 

COMMUNICATIONS
Road - the A30 dual carriageway is 2 miles from the property.

Rail - regular intercity trains operate from Bodmin, Plymouth and Exeter to London (Paddington).

Air - Exeter airport provides flights to the Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, London and a number of continental destinations.

Ferry - cross channel ferry services operate from Plymouth to Brittany and northern Spain.
SERVICES
Electricity - mains to the farmhouse and buildings where necessary.
Water - mains water supply.
Drainage - private drainage supply.  

COUNCIL TAX
Tax Band G. 

LOCAL AUTHORITY
Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QG.
Tel: 01237 428700.

EASEMENTS, WAYLEAVES, RIGHTS OF WAY
The property is offered for sale subject to and with the benefit of all matters contained in or referred to in the Property and Charges Register of the registered title together with all public or private rights of way, wayleaves, easements and other rights of way, which cross the property, details of which can be obtained from the vendor’s agents.

BOUNDARIES
Any purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of all boundaries and neither the vendor nor the vendor’s agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries or the ownership thereof.  Should any dispute arise as to the boundaries or any points on the particulars or plans or the interpretation of them, the question shall be referred to the vendor’s agents whose decision acting as experts shall be final.

PLANS, AREAS AND SCHEDULES
These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only.  They have been checked and completed by the vendor’s agents and the purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to the description of the property.  Any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale nor entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof.

TENURE AND POSSESSION
The property is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

VIEWING
Strictly by appointment with the selling agents KIVELLS, The Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8FD.  Telephone: 01392 252262.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
KIVELLS for themselves and for the vendor of the property whose agents they are, give notice that: -
1. The particulars are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute, nor constitute part of an offer or contract.  Prospective purchasers and lessees should seek their own professional advice.
2. All descriptions, dimensions, areas, reference to condition and necessary permissions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but any intending purchaser should not rely upon them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them.
3. No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by intending purchasers in inspecting properties, which have been sold, let or withdrawn.
4. No person in the employment of KIVELLS has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.
5. Photographs taken in May/June 2016.
6. Particulars prepared in June 2016.

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